It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price

We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.


Mauritania Releases Bodyguard Who Got Arrested After Spyware Deal Went Wrong

After 20 months of detention inside a Mauritanian military camp, Cristian Provvisionato is going back home.


The Forgotten Prisoner of a Spyware Deal Gone Wrong

How bodyguard Cristian Provvisionato became collateral damage in the global digital weapons gold rush.


'Guantanamo Diary' author is free after 14 years of captivity

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who wrote a bestselling book about his time at Guantanamo Bay, was recently repatriated to his native Mauritania.


Aziza Brahim's Music Explores the Western Sahara's Sad Legacy with Beautiful Songs

The Sahrawi singer discusses the process and motivations behind her new album 'Abbar el Hamada,' which addresses 40 years of Western Sahara occupation.


Mauritania Is After an Escaped Al Qaeda Militant Who Tried to Kill the President

A statement released on public television late on Saturday urged residents to provide information on Cheikh Ould Saleck, a militant with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who has been on death row since 2011.


Bored African President May Have Ordered Cup Final to the 63rd minute.

The Mauritanian president may have order a match to penalties in the 63rd minute because he was bored.


Police in Mali Nab 20 Suspected Islamist Militants on Bus Bound for Capital

Mali’s capital Bamako used to be considered safe, but a recent wave of attacks has led to a redoubling of counter-terrorism efforts in the country's south.


Welcome to VICE Eats World: Food Porn From Around the Globe

For our new column VICE Eats World, we asked our staff to submit photos of all of the food they encounter at every corner of the globe their roles take them to.


How Mohamedou Ould Slahi Became a Suspected Terrorist, Then a Best-Selling Author

His story, steeped in unknowable complexity and murky details, is perhaps the perfect parable of the post-9/11 era.


Inside America's Long, Tortured Pursuit of the 'Merchant of Death'

A 2,500-page trove of newly released FBI documents reveals the slippery nature of infamous arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian, the so-called Merchant of Death.


'Fuck the Interrogators': An Exclusive Excerpt From the Diary of a Guantanamo Detainee

VICE News obtained an excerpt from the diary of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the first detainee still imprisoned at Guantanamo to publish a book about life in the prison.